It seems like yesterday the entire country was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2014 college football season. It might be hard to believe, but we are half-way through the regular season. Let’s take some time to look back on the first half for the Big Ten and look ahead to the exciting things that are on the way.
Offensive MVP- Tevin Coleman. The Indiana running back leads the Big Ten in rushing yards, yards per carry, and has 11 touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon get all the attention, but Coleman is getting it done more than anyone.
Defensive MVP- Damien Miller. He not only leads Minnesota on defense, but he leads the Big Ten in tackles with 66. On top of that he also has two sacks, an interception, and is the heart of an underrated defense for the Golden Gophers.
Special Teams player of the year- Demornay Pierson-El. The true freshman punt returner has turned things around for the Cornhuskers. In three games he had surpassed all of Nebraska’s 2013 punt return yards. He now has 334 yards, two touchdowns on 19 punt returns. The number two punt returner in the country only has 231 yards.
Freshman of the year- J.T. Barrett. The Buckeye quarterback was thrown into the fire this year when Braxton Miller went down in fall camp. To the surprise of many, Barrett has the best quarterback rating in the Big Ten. He has 1,350 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions and has rushed for 276 yards.
Coach of the year- Kyle Flood. He has led Rutgers to a 5-1 record, tying for the best in the Big Ten. Who saw that coming?
Biggest game up to this point- Michigan State- Nebraska. They are considered the top two teams in the league and they played a close five-point game in East Lansing. It made sure everyone knew the Spartans are in the drivers seat in the Big Ten.
Biggest upcoming game- Michigan State- Ohio State on November 8th. This game will more than likely determine who wins the Big Ten East to go play in the championship game. Head coach Urban Meyer will have his Buckeyes ready to avenge last years title game loss to Michigan State.
Biggest surprise- Rutgers. No one expected the Scarlet Knights to be 5-1 at this point. 2-4 was a real possibility, but here they stand.
Biggest disappointment- Michigan. The wheels have really fallen off for the Wolverines and the future isn’t looking any better.
*** Posted by Josh Harvey ***